Paddington Pole Competition

In March 2016, Create Streets launched a competition to find a new high-quality alternative scheme for Paddington. The competition came after the proposal by Great Western Developments Ltd for the ‘Paddington Pole’ was withdrawn. It has been judged by local residents and councillors.


Due to the very high quality set of entries, Create Streets chose to recognise four of the entries with two prizes and two commendations. Collectively these designs show that having a huge Paddington Pole-style Tower is not necessary for this site. The area around Paddington Station can have both high density and beauty. Looking at the site strategically, and masterplanning it to make it a popular and great place, is entirely feasible. Towers are not necessary to achieve great, popular, high-density places and streets.


On the 18th July we celebrated the winning and commended designs from our with a mini-exhibition and awards presented by Sir Simon Jenkins. A blog with photos can be found here whilst full details of the awards, quotes from judges can be found here. JTP’s page on the ceremony is here.

Full applications and more photos from the winning entries are available here. More information and quotes from the judges available here.


Winners were featured in The Evening StandardBuilding Design and in the local media (West End Extra).

The Streets Prize

Given to the entries by JTP/Civic Voice and AR Urbanism / Greysmith Associatesfor the high quality of their urban design. JTP / Civic Voice were also strongly commended for the attempts in a very short time frame at community engagement.


The Innovation Award

Awarded to HLM*Spark for many of the individual ideas within their plan and the inclusion of multiple community considerations, particularly the primary school and also urban farming elements. They very cleverly went beyond the brief.


The Flourish Award

 Awarded to Architettori for the striking nature of their architecture and the comprehensive realisation of the facades above all on Praed Street. Architettori were also commended for their thought on transport issues particularly pedestrian flows, the Bakerloo line ticket office and a Praed Street bus stop integrated canopy.



Although not formally awarded a prize, the judges would like to commend some of the urban form of More Design’s entry.

More Design
More Design

Awards Ceremony

On the 18th July we celebrated the winning and commended designs for the Paddington Pole
with a mini-exhibition and awards presented by Sir Simon Jenkins.

Local Resident and Awards Judge Sophia Massey Cook commented: “After all the local turmoil and upset about the Paddington Pole proposal it was great to get involved in a positive process of thinking about the future for this part of London”